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Meaghan Smith @ Pearl Company

. : : December 5th, 2012 : : . A lot can change in a year. This time last year, I wasn’t feeling very festive. Years of working in a shopping mall have soured me on Christmas a bit. The incessant Christmas songs blaring over the PA the minute Hallowe’en ends, the unabashed consumerism, the entitlement and attitudes from stressed out holiday shoppers, the hustle-bustle of the crowds… well, it wasn’t the magical season of merriment that it was when I was a kid. If there’s one thing Canadian singer-songwriter and Juno award winner Meaghan Smith isn’t lacking, however, it’s youthful merriment and…

The Rest @ CHCH Studios

. : : April 29th, 2013 : : . A day before front man Adam Bentley announced that The Rest would be calling it quits after a decade of making music together, a fraction of the band showed up on Hamilton’s CHCH broadcast of Morning Live. Whether this sliver formation was foreshadowing of the news forth-coming or a curious coincidence caused by scheduling conflicts, I certainly couldn’t say — but it seems somehow sadly appropriate. One blessing that can be counted is the unique version of the band’s single, Always On My Mind, from their final release, Seesaw. Stripped almost to it’s base core, Adam’s hauntingly lamentful voice is…

Kathleen Edwards @ The Studio

. : : February 10th, 2012 : : . After Hannah Georgas‘ set, the tightly knit crowd began to unravel, so I quickly made my way towards the front and attempted to align myself in a position where I would be best parallel to one of the speaker stacks (and, hopefully, have a good view, too!). Finally with time and room, I pulled off my too-warm-for-inside leather jacket, and shoved it into my bag before pulling out my mics. Between bands, the house lights had gone up, leaving me feeling a bit exposed, but I didn’t spy any security guards walking around, so…

Hannah Georgas @ The Studio

. : : February 10th, 2012 : : . I don’t know what I was thinking when I bought a ticket to see Kathleen Edwards perform at Molson Canadian Studio in Hamilton. First, I already had a ticket for her show in Toronto the very next night at The Phoenix. Second, I’ve only been to Hamilton twice before, and never alone, and I have no idea how to get around it. Third, I am an extremely anxious traveler. Some crazy impulse must have come over me, because it wasn’t until I got my ticket in the mail that reality started to set in. Wait, I thought to…